Des-Case Corporation has been named a Tennessean Top Workplace for the second year in a row. The annual nationwide selection program, implemented by a group of regional daily newspapers across the country and WorkplaceDynamics, an employee survey firm, named the most desirable places to work in the U.S.
Des-Case was ranked 22nd in the Middle Tennessee small company category.
“We value this distinction because it highlights one of the primary reasons Des-Case has continued to grow so significantly over the last few years,” said Brian Gleason, president and CEO of Des-Case. “A well-rounded, engaged workforce positively affects everything you do, from making superior products to providing solid support services that retain customers. Everything we do in building a great workplace finds its way to our bottom line.”
To be nominated, a company had to have at least 35 employees in the Middle Tennessee region and could be either public, private, nonprofit or government. During the assessment, employees were asked questions about their job (their training, work/life balance), their manager, their pay, the direction in which the company is heading, if the employee felt appreciated and their work meaningful, and engagement factors.
After the surveys were completed, WorkplaceDynamics ran the analytics and then categorized companies into size bands – small, medium or large. Des-Case has 68 employees based in Middle Tennessee, with more in other parts of the U.S. and internationally.
“This is a great honor for us and affirms that Des-Case fosters a workplace that is not only successful in meeting our customers’ needs, but in also meeting the important needs and aspirations of our workforce,” said Tony Espinosa, vice president of Human Resources and Administration for Des-Case. “When a Company builds a workplace based upon compelling standards for organizational effectiveness, it attracts and retains talented employees who deliver both products and customer service that will benefit our valued customers. Being a top workplace with satisfied, motivated employees is simply smart business.”
A big believer in employee transparency, Des-Case shares its strategy, mission, vision, values and goals with every employee in personal meetings, quarterly all-company meetings and various other communications such as posters, TV screens and KPI charts throughout the manufacturing plant and office buildings. Other strategies to ensure employees remain in sync with company directions include: Annual offsite strategy meetings with top and mid-level managers; Five-minute morning daily conference calls to review the previous day’s performance; and Thirty-minute weekly all-hands company meetings.